• HAZARD INDICATORS
• PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
• SAFE HAVENS
• AIR MANAGEMENT
• RESCUING A DOWNED FIRE FIGHTER
• DENVER DRILL
Since the beginning of the fire service, fire fighter survival has played an important role in the fire fighting service. Actually I think fire fighter survival is probably one of the most important parts of fire fighting. Fire fighting is one giant risk. Fire fighters have learned and adapted to new ways and safer ways to rescue people and rescue themselves. It’s unfortunate that one of the only ways fire fighters have learned this, is through deaths of our fellow fire fighters. But if it makes us better at helping others then I guess it’s worth it.
In fire fighter survival we have created hazard indicators, theses indicators help us to be safe. The first indicator is building construction; knowing the building construction can help determine how the fire will behave, recognize if the building is about to collapse. Then you can ask yourself questions like, has the building been modified from its original use, or does the building incorporate void spaces for fire to spread rapidly. The second indicator is weather conditions; weather plays a big role in how the fire will behave, for example if it is raining or snowing the roof conditions is going to increase the danger of falling. The roof conditions get very slippery when it is raining or snowing so then you can use a roof ladder to get one the roof. The third indicator is occupancy; if it is a residential home and it is night time most likely there is someone inside sleeping. If that is the case then there is a chance for entrapment.
Personnel accountability system plays an important role in fire fighter survival. Personnel accountability system can be defined as a systematic way to keep track of the location and...